September 23, 2015 / 3:35 PM / 2 years ago

Syria says would welcome Russian army base in Latakia: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Syrian ambassador in Moscow said on Wednesday Damascus would welcome the deployment of a Russian military base in the city of Latakia (Lattakia) if Moscow decides to build one there, Interfax news agency reported.

Riad Haddad, Syria's ambassador to Russia, gestures during a news conference in Moscow March 12, 2012. REUTERS/Anton Golubev

“If Russia agrees, Syria would only welcome such a step, because it would be aimed against terrorism on our soil,” Interfax is quoting Riad Haddad as saying.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin, editing by Jason Bush

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